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Private Daniel Frans Enslin, Prieska Commando

One of only 240 men who made up the Prieska Commando, and with all three medals made out to Prieska Commando, this group is a very rare group indeed, as South African commando units were all disbanded in 1915, and most of the men within them enrolled within South African Army formations for further service. The commando saw limited combat during the Maritz Rebellion, against a combined German/Rebel force during late January 1915.

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Description

Daniel enlisted with the Commando on the 21st of November 1914 at age 18 and was discharged on the 19th of March 1915. One of only 240 men who made up the Prieska Commando, and with all three medals made out to Prieska Commando, this group is a very rare group indeed, as South African commando units were all disbanded in 1915, and most of the men within them enrolled within South African Army formations for further service. The commando saw limited combat during the Maritz Rebellion, against a combined German/Rebel force during late January 1915.

On the 30th of June 1916 Daniel married his wife, Martha Maria Jansen Von Rensburg in Prieska. This is highly likely to be the reason why Daniel did not seek further service. Daniel appears to have taken up the occupation of Lorry driver after leaving the Commando in order to support his growing family. Martha bore six children however by three died young, dying in in 1924, 1928, and 1934. Daniel died on the 16th of June 1939 in Johannesburg with Martha by his side. He survived by his three remaining children and Martha.

Daniel applied for his medals quite late in his life, with the medals being dispatched to him in April 1930. Supporting documents and research on Pte. Daniel Frans Enslin Service number 42, Squad A of the Prieska Commando will be supplied via email upon purchase of the group.

 

Technical Specifications

When received the Defence and War medals were blue as a result of cleaning fluid residue and have been cleaned to remove the offending chemical which caused skin irritation when touched and smelt horrid.